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County mourns member of county assembly

Shock  has  gripped Marsabit County following the sudden death of the Loiyangalani Member of County Assembly (MCA) in Mombasa while on official duties.

Mark  Ekale, revered for being humble and a peace maker in the county passed on Monday night at the Premier Hospital  in Mombasa shortly after he reportedly complained  of chest difficulties.

The  Marsabit County Assembly Speaker, Matthew Loltome  said that the MCA died while he was on an official trip in Mombasa in the company of other MCAs and county assembly officials.

“The news is shocking as Ekale left for Mombasa to attend an annual development plan meeting in robust health,” said the Speaker.

Loltome described the late MCA as a humble, peace-loving, honest and a wise politician, adding that he always mediated between warring communities in this county.

He said that the Late Ekale  who doubled as the Inter-counties Relations Vice Chairperson committed worked with both the national and the county government in peace mediation processes between communities whenever there was  conflict.

The  Marsabit County Police Commander, Steve  Oloo  said the cause of death was yet to be established and cautioned against speculations until the postmortem is done.

The  MCA who died at the age of 52 has been in competitive politics for the last 25 years and he best remembered for being instrumental in making Loiyangalani town to develop into a tourist attraction destination.

The  County Assembly of Marsabit has since suspended House business until May 7, in honour of the fallen colleague.

By  Sebastian  Miriti

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